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County Clerk Predicts Low Turnout

Some Local Races, Questions Are on Tuesday’s Election Ballot

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Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 8:00 am

Voter turnout for the municipal election on Tuesday, April 8, is expected to be about 20 percent, Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door predicts.

The April election typically has a low voter turnout of around 18 to 20 percent, she added.

Polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and remain open until 7 p.m.

St. Clair polling places are city hall for city residents and the Elks Lodge, 35 E. North St., for St. Clair out-of-town voters.

Voters should bring a form of identification, such as a driver’s license, college ID, county voter cards mailed to residences, bank statement or utility bill with a current address.

St. Clair

There are two city-related issues on the St. Clair ballot on Tuesday.

Voters in Ward 2 will choose either Theresa Lustwerk or Greg Talleur as a new alderman who will serve a two-year term.

The winner will replace Glenn Richards, who was appointed by Mayor Ron Blum earlier this year to fill out the unexpired term of former Alderman Travis Dierker. Dierker resigned to become St. Clair’s assistant city administrator.

City voters also will be deciding whether to keep the collector’s job elected or change it to an appointed position.

That question is for all city residents, and a simple majority will decide.

If voters opt to make the position appointed, the change won’t take effect until 2016.

Current Collector Tiffany Burton is running unopposed as is Police Chief Bill Hammack and Ward 1 Alderman Nathan Tate.

Parkway Village

Two incumbent trustees are on the ballot in Parkway Village and will retain their seats on Tuesday.

Steven N. Pelton and Marvin Pruitt were the only individuals who filed, and residents will vote for two.

Lonedell

Lonedell voters will elect three of four candidates to serve three-year terms on its R-XIV School District Board of Education.

Incumbents Maureen Lindsey and Brad Rucker filed for another term while newcomers Jason Bailey and Brad Corwin are seeking a seat.

The top three vote-getters will be elected.

There is not a school board race in St. Clair.

Sullivan

Sullivan has one ward race as voters will decide between incumbent Jason Alexander and challenger David Cochran Jr. in Ward 2.

In Ward 1, Tony Wessler is the only candidate. The same holds true for Paul McCulloch in Ward 3.

Sullivan also has a library tax question on the ballot.

It reads: “Shall there be a tax increase of 8 cents per $100 of assessed valuation over the present 12 cents per $100 assessed valuation?”

County

In Franklin County, St. Clair area voters will have two ballot questions to answer.

One is similar to Sullivan’s library tax, but uses different figures.

The question reads: “Shall there be a tax increase of 10 cents per $100 assessed valuation tax for the Franklin County Library District (Scenic Regional Library)?

The current tax rate is 10 cents. The Scenic Regional Library has a branch in St. Clair.

The other tax question is a county use tax.

That ballot question reads: “Shall Franklin County impose a local use tax at the same rate as the total sales tax rate, currently 1 1/2 percent, provided that if the local sales tax rate is reduced or raised by voter approval, the local use tax rate shall also be reduced or raised by the same action? The revenue raised by the use tax shall be allocated one-half percent to county law enforcement purposes, one-half percent to county road and bridge purposes and one-half percent to the county general fund purposes. A use tax return shall not be required to be filed by persons whose purchases from out-of-state vendors do not exceed two thousand dollars in any calendar year.”

— Missourian Staff Writer Josh Mitchell contributed to this story.

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